Kuru Art - Contemporary San Art

B. B. Mango (Bruce) (1994 - )
Bruce was born and grew up in D’Kar. He was interested in art from a very young age and decided to learn whatever he could about it. He comes from an artistic family known for their musical talent and art. His grandmother Coex’ae Bob is also an artist at the Kuru Art Project. As a young musician, he can play both the guitar and key board. He composes and sings his own songs, and although a child of the present, he has great respect for his culture and the past traditions of his people. Therefore he prefers to sing in Naro (his mother tongue) rather than in English. He is part of the group called “The Unique Naro Boys” from D’Kar. He states that he is a born again Christian and having been able to become an artist at the Kuru Art Project, gave him great satisfaction. For the first time in his life, he is now able to earn something from his art. For this he is very thankful.

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Cgoma Simon (1958 - )
Cgoma was born on a farm in the Ghanzi district and lived most of her life in D’Kar, where her parents moved when she was still a small girl. She loves to be creative and used to make ostrich eggshell bead work and even tried her hand at fabric painting and embroidery before becoming an artist. She enjoys her art and is happy that it is not a job she is forced to do, but that she can work on it whenever she likes.

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Coex’ae Bob (Enni) (1930s -)
Coex’ae (Enni) is one of the oldest practicing artists at the Kuru Art Project. She grew up, strongly rooted in the traditions and beliefs of the Kalahari San. She is well known for her knowledge about the edible and medicinal plants in the Ghanzi district where she grew up. This becomes evident in her art where she often depicts the plants and animals in a colourfull and simplistic way, well known amongst the Kuru artists.

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Gamnqoa Kukama (1955 - )
Gamnqoa (the heel or hock of a lion) found in his art a meaningful link to his past. It enlivens memories that would otherwise have been lost or dwell in his mind only. He grew up in a hunter-gatherer lifestyle and worked as farm labourer before his involvement in art. He started his career as an artist with the Kuru Art Project in 1997. He is well known for his oil paintings and linocuts of animals full of movement and flexibility.

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Jan Tcega John (1968 - )
Jan grew up in D’Kar and started his art career with the Kuru Art Project in January 2005. Before that he worked as a mechanic at a motor mechanics firm. He is a very dedicated artist and specifically enjoys printmaking. In his earlier years he used to make wood carvings which he sold to tourists and craft buyers. At the moment he is one of the most popular Kuru artists. He is very dedicated and not afraid to try new techniques and ideas.

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